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JUN // Monthly Update

It goes without saying that I’ve fallen off the update train, down the rabbit hole of distraction.

I came across this reading today, saved over months ago among my endless array of chrome tabs. There are some encouraging thoughts and ideas in there. Once upon a long ago, several of my classmates started this journal, and it’s still going strong today. Talk about encouraging!

On Fiction and Phantasy by Shelby Wright

” It’s the job of architecture to speculate on a potential future reality and provide a path to get there. You have to convince Dorothy that the Emerald City and a wish-granting wizard are at the end of the Yellow Brick Road in order to start her on that journey. “

Even if the potential future reality I’m developing isn’t viable, what’s to stop me from at least finding out for certain? So, why not keep going. It takes a lot of uninterrupted and dedicated energy to start a project, and an even greater amount to keep it going. What keeps you going when you’ve got a pet project?

test 014 sketch

 

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DEC + JAN // Monthly Update

Happy New Year pet project!

The year 2020 has been off to both a rocky and fabulously busy start. I’m stacked up with a ton of todos and commitments, with barely anytime to even enjoy an evening of nothing-ness. Lists gets pushed to the next day which gets pushed to the next week. Sound familiar?

“Is January over yet?”, one friend asks.

Yeah, actually, it is. So here I am with a much delayed monthly update. Thankfully I have something to show for it other than another Test sketch. (I quite enjoy doing those sketches though ^_^).

Before I post that said Test, here are two quick and fun reads that have been on my mind:

  1. How to Design Comfortable and Efficient Offices: Individual Workspaces
    I really enjoy office design. I don’t do much of it at work, but I like looking at well designed office spaces. This was a fun article to browse through, complete with accurate illustrations of different office space typologies
  2. The Art of Kakeibo: This Japanese Budgeting System Could Change Your Financial Life
    This was a light read but seemingly very important and relevant in todays fast-paced, often lose-lose world of money spending more than we save. Apparently there’s a neat trick to go about it. It still requires a good amount of self-control and a motivated mindset to keep at it. All it takes is to know it makes a difference — just like how I’ve decided to transition to plant-based eating thanks to Game Changers.

Seriously though, I have a test in the works. It’s moved past the sketch stage. Update soon. In the meantime, I recently compiled a few of my favourite sketches from my ‘Site Series’ Tests. 05_Artifact_sketch_AM

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OCT + NOV // Monthly Update

Sometimes workload ramps down towards the end of the year and sometimes it ramps up, tenfold. The later is what’s happening so far these past two months. But, an update is an update. I have not opened Rhino since the last test, and while I had an idea for how to transition into the interior site studies last time, I’ve redrawn my latest sketch. An exploded isometric vs the worms eye. Will see which works out better.

test 012 sketch2.jpg

Sometimes just doing a little bit at a time just isn’t enough. It will be a new years resolution to put some more time into this, but as such I have really wore myself thin towards the end of 2019. Hopefully I can get this last test in before the new year. It makes sense anyway, the building is set to open in Spring 2020!

In terms of readings, thought I would go back to the basics and just understand how exactly I can tie AR into my idea.  And so:

 

  1. What is Augmented Reality

    “The AR system will need to understand reality and reconstruct it to create its digital twin.”

    I believe the idea of a digital twin is very prevalent in the AEC industry already. There’s already documentation out there that having a digital twin of your building is very crucial to better management, coordination and maintenance.

  2. How can augmented reality be used in education?
    If you can’t beat the system, join em. Education was actually one of the areas I wanted my little app to work in. I think it would be very cool, at least for architecture students or alternate interested parties to have the option to learn more with AR.

    “Once AR becomes more widely available, teachers can then augment their field trips to add layers of learning and interaction to the day’s activity.”

    I also think part of the reason I’m more interested in AR is because it has some roots in reality. There is both the digital and physical realm to work within.

    This is also an important point –
    “A growing number of educators are prioritizing learning that encourages problem-solving, collaboration and creation to better prepare students for the future. “

    Being able to access critical thinking skills seems less and less a priority in the younger generation with the adaptation of go-to technology. If technology can once again bring back those helpful life-long skills, I am all for it.

 

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SEP // Monthly Update

I think it’s safe to say September was a wash for progress. I could not keep up with the flood of work, nor could I sit head down and power through even an ounce of progress on ARtifact. I also compiled a list of readings I thought would be interesting and exciting all of which did not get read (yet!)

Except one – how appropriate too:
How to Take Breaks that are Right for You
Unsurprisingly, everyone needs a break. But surprisingly, everyone needs a different kind of break. Netflix might work for one person, and reading might work for another. I’ll admit, even after reading this one, I’m not quite sure what relaxes me the most. Sometimes I get anxiety when taking a break because I feel like I need to be doing something or working on something productive.

An idea for the test series. If I want to show the ceiling, should I try the worms-eye? Or do I stay consistent as with the 11 that have preceded thus far.

test 012 sketch

See ya in the next update!

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AUG // Monthly Update

The pressure’s on as summer wraps up. There is no real pressure when there is no real deadline. Only the sense of urgency of producing something substantial. The summer I thought would be productive for my projects compared to the bustle of the school year has come and gone. The key is to stay optimistic and dedicated, and so I shall. What else is cooking — Continuing my illustrative tests and also starting to design some UI before digging into actual development. I also have been thinking about adjusting the goal/focus of the app. What is the main focus and who are my target users? What is the purpose of using this? So many questions.

Here are some quick reads:

  1. When Our Passion For Architecture Dwindles
    https://archinect.com/features/article/150153851/when-our-passion-for-architecture-dwindles
    This is a must read for anyone going through any stage of their architecture journey. From just starting architecture school to steadily chugging along in their careers. Sometimes it is only until you’ve gone through it you know it’s not for you, or that there are opportunities to pivot into something different. Same but different. I’m not sure where I am at the moment either so this article really spoke to me and gave me some motivation moving forward.
  2. How to Make an Augmented Reality App for Beginners
    https://maker.pro/custom/tutorial/how-to-make-an-augmented-reality-app-for-beginners
    I’ve had this saved for months, and have not tried it. Talk about motivation. It looks fun though!
  3. The Modern BIM Manager: Human, Machine, or Team?
    https://medium.com/autodesk-university/the-modern-bim-manager-human-machine-or-team-7b8724f56f8c
    Started reading up on articles like these, because I wanted to consider pursuing BIM management on the side on top of my regular architecting position. Clearly it’s a full time job to keep up, so I’m not so sure anymore. Being on the cusp and having too many interests can sometimes be a hindrance. But let’s see where this can take me.

That’s all for now — happy back to school / happy fall!

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